If you’re trying to lose weight, here are 7 important “Do NOT’s!”

trying to lose weightAs you might already know, I’m the founder of The Do It Program – a life-changing online home study course – which helps to retrain your brain so you naturally crave healthier foods and habits. I myself am a recovered stress-eater – who used the tools in The Do It Program to permanently end my food addictions. It’s now my passion and mission to help as many people as I can to regain their health and happiness. (You can read more about my story by clicking here!)

If you’re trying to lose weight, here are 7 important “Do NOT’s!”

1. Do NOT miss breakfast.

Eating breakfast jump-starts your metabolism – and stops you from pigging out at lunch. Studies even show that people who regularly eat breakfast lose more weight! Be sure to include protein for longer-lasting energy and fiber for longer-lasting hunger-control Plus if you work out in the mornings, be especially sure to eat a healthy breakfast first – so you burn off fat – instead of burning off muscle. Plus you’ll feel more energetic during your workout – and thereby be able to accomplish more. In general, it’s not good to starve yourself and miss meals. It confuses your metabolism, and it’s more likely to lead to pigging out.

2. Do NOT overeat “healthy” food.

You can have too much of a good thing! Be careful when eating healthy foods like grapes – dried fruit – trail mix – nuts – avocados – granola – fruit yogurts – dark chocolate! They are loaded with calories.

3. Do NOT over-do portion size. 

Make sure the meals you eat are appropriately sized. Make a deal with yourself: no second servings – ever. Protein should be the size of your fist. If you’re in a restaurant, and entrées are large, don’t feel the need to be part of the clean plate club. Be a member of the “ask for a doggie bag” club instead. Or consider ordering appetizers for entrees. If you’re at home, make portion-control sized baggies of your favorite snacks.

4. Do NOT eat standing up.

Watch out for mindless eating. Remember: Any food eaten while standing in front of the refrigerator still has calories. A plate is not what makes something fattening!

5. Do NOT miss your shut-eye. 

Studies consistently show that missing too much sleep can increasse appetite-stimulating hormones and slow up metabolism. Plus, if you’re working out to lose weight, you epecially need the energy sleep brings.

6. Do NOT over-do low fat foods

Low fat foods are high on problems. They’re loaded with extra sodium, sugar, and chemicals. Plus often less fat means less nutrition – because some of the good stuff is missing. Also – because they feel lighter – you might wind up over-eating them! It’s always better to eat fruit and veggies whenever you can – even up to 5 or 6 servings a day is okay! They’re not only heatheir for you – you’re more likely to lose weight – because all that fiber keeps you feeling sated longer!

7. Do NOT drink the wrong beverages

It’s not just what you eat which can influence your weight – but what you drink. Watch out for soda, fruit juice and alcohol! They pack on the calories. However do try to drinking water regularly – especially right before a meal. It helps with portion control. Plus a recent study showed drinking cool water can actually speed up your metabolism and decrease cravings for sugary stuff!

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Written by Karen Salmansohn (Founder)

Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
  • Elisheva

    that’s a great article, everything you say is true for me. One more thing I realized to be helpful: only eat when you are hungry. sounds stupid but is such a help in losing weight!

  • Stella

    Great article .